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Printing on Polyethylene

Unique Assembly & Decorating proudly produces custom, high-quality pad printing, screen printing, and hot stamping on rigid and flexible polyethylene to customers all over the country. Based out of Downers Grove, IL, we pride ourselves on customer service and workmanship to deliver the best services. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, we guarantee your satisfaction.

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What Is Polyethylene (PE)?

Polyethylene is a thermoplastic polymer that can be utilized in a wide variety of applications depending on the type. The two most common types seen in everyday applications are high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). HDPE is a rigid material that is used for items like plastic bottles, while (LDPE) is used for things like plastic bags and films. At Unique Assembly & Decorating, we only provide printing and design services for HDPE items. Common applications for HDPE are food and beverage use (milk cartons), laundry detergent bottles, garbage bins, and cutting boards. We have years of experience helping injection molders with printing on PE parts.

Printing and Decorating Pad Printing on Polyethylene - Inkjet Printing on PE Parts

Unique Assembly & Decorating has earned an ISO 9001:2015 certification, allowing us to provide premium printing services on PE.

Pad Printing on PE

Ideal for projects requiring extremely fine details and tight multicolor registration

Pad printing is a printing method that allows the transfer of a 2-dimensional image onto a 3-dimensional object. While just as effective for flat surfaces, this process is most often used for printing on parts that are round, have complex curvature, that are round, have a concave or convex surface, or have recessed or raised areas. 

Pad printing became popular following World War II when watchmakers began printing on the curved surfaces of watch faces. This ability to print on unprintable substrates has turned the pad printing process into a well-established technology and is used today across multiple industries such as medical, cosmetics, electronics, and more.

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Screen Printing on PE

Budget-friendly and is good for single, large images on a flat or cylindrical part. Good at producing very opaque images.

Screen printing is a printing method that allows the transfer of large opaque images onto flat (or relatively flat) and cylindrical plastic, glass, and metal objects. The origins of screen printing date back thousands of years — from early Polynesian natives who forced die through cut-out patterns in banana leaves to decorate cloth, to cave walls found in France and Spain that were decorated by way of stencils and colorant applied with blowpipes, to the Japanese creating intricate designs during the Sung Dynasty (A.D 960-1280). Today, screen printing is used to decorate rigid parts for a variety of industries. 

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Industrial Digital Inkjet Printing on PE

Most economical; digital printing allows for an unlimited number of colors for plastic part.

Unique Assembly & Decorating now offers industrial digital inkjet product decorating and printing! This cutting-edge product decorating technology is a direct-to-substrate digital inkjet process that features high precision four-color process printing plus white for plastic, glass, wood and metal substrates. 

This four-color process printing allows for virtually limitless color combinations on a product, and the white is bright enough to be used as a spot color or as a base to print on dark surfaces. The process eliminates labels (pressure sensitive or in-mold), films, printing plates, clichés or screens which dramatically lowers setup cost - a huge advantage over traditional printing methods. This printing method is used in a range of industries from medical manufacturers to injection molders.


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Printing on HDPE

HDPE is generally a durable plastic that is easily transformed and molded, making it a popular choice for many products you see and use every day.  It is more difficult to print on compared to other plastic options and must be pre-treated.  Unique Assembly & Decorating offers the pre-treatment for polyethylene parts, so they can be printed on. We also offer value-added services including in-house color matching, in-house plate making and fixture design for single color and multicolor jobs.

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Unique Assembly & Decorating, Inc.
2550 Wisconsin Ave,
Downers Grove, IL 60515